A couple made it to the Sacramento lottery offices recently after their $597,933 Mega Millions ticket sat for a long time in their bedroom nightstand.
“We play but we don’t check them that often,” explained Alex Escalera.
After the purchase, his wife, Emaley, simply stashes tickets in the nightstand. There the winning ticket sat until Alex took it to the store to have it scanned.
When it was revealed by the store computer that the ticket correctly matched numbers 15, 24, 41, 9 and 39, missing only the Mega number 1, Alex started shaking. They then came forward to claim their prize more than two months after the lottery draw was made.
The ticket shows that Alex purchased three plays for $3 when he bought it at a Cigarettes 4 Less on East Morada Lane in Stockton. One line represents special dates, the second contains random numbers and the third line with the winning numbers used numerals he saw in a dream.
“When I woke up I wrote (them) down,” the refuse collector said in a lottery press release. “The next day, I told my wife, ‘I’m going to play those numbers.’”
The Escaleras, who live in Stockton, plan to help their children with college costs and pay off every bill they owe.
“We want to live in peace,” Emaley said.
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